Use common sense when it comes to fireworks

Published 1:37 pm Wednesday, December 27, 2023

Fireworks were involved with more than 10,000 injuries treated in U.S. hospital emergency departments during 2022, according to a report from the Consumer Product Safety Commission.

Children are especially at risk for injury. The report states that those 15 to 19 years of age had the highest estimated rate of injury, followed by children ages 10 to 14.

The Mississippi State Fire Marshal recommends these safety tips:

  • Observe local laws. Those wishing to purchase and use fireworks should first check with their fire protection officials to make sure that local laws are being followed. Some municipalities prohibit fireworks from being used within city limits.
  • Teach your child not to point or throw fireworks at people, animals or buildings.
  • Show children how to put fireworks in buckets of water and dispose of them properly so as not to start a fire.
  • Use common sense: Always read and follow the directions on each firework.
  • Never point or throw fireworks at another person.
  • Buy from reliable fireworks sellers. Store them in a cool, dry place.
  • Always have an adult present when shooting fireworks.
  • Put used fireworks in a bucket of water and have a hose ready.
  • Only use fireworks outdoors, away from homes, dry grass and trees.
  • Light only one item at a time and keep a safe distance.
  • Never experiment or attempt to make your own fireworks.
  • Never re-ignite malfunctioning fireworks.
  • Never give fireworks to small children.
  • Never carry fireworks in your pocket.
  • Never shoot fireworks in metal or glass containers.

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